David Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge: How This Guy Over 50 Survived

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Episode 108

In today’s special episode of MindShift Monday, I’ll share with you my experience completing the David Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge.

I give tips on how I completed the challenge using the MindShift Method by diving deep into each step.

Here are three reasons you should listen to today’s Mindshift Monday episode:

  1. Learn how to improve mental fortitude and complete even the most demanding physical challenges. 
  2. Discover how commitment will be the difference between sticking to your goals and ditching them. 
  3. Find out why embracing discomfort will teach you how to handle life’s curveballs.

If you want the shorter version, continue reading.


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Episode Highlights

The David Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge 

    • David Goggins wrote the book Can’t Hurt Me; it’s incredible! 
    • You will run four miles every four hours for forty-eight hours during the challenge.
    • The challenge starts at 8 pm on Friday night through Sunday afternoon.
    • Overall, the challenge is a test of endurance, mental fortitude, and dedication. 

How I Made Peace With The Facts of The 4x4x48 Challenge

    • Here are some facts I had to make peace with during the challenge:
      • I’ve never done anything like this before.
      • I have never run a marathon or completed a 10k. 
      • However, I have been working out for the majority of my life.
      • I’m already in decent shape; all I have to do is make some adjustments.
    • Then, I had to consider what it would take to get through a four-mile run on my pace.
    • Some people can run a seven-minute mile. Well, I’m around ten and a half minutes per mile. 

Making The Decision To Commit Myself Fully 

    • Last year I said I was interested in running the challenge. 
    • However, I never did the things necessary to get ready for it. 
    • There’s a difference between being interested in something and being committed to something. 
    • I just can’t be in the same routine all the time. So eventually, I knew this challenge would be the spark that I needed. 

The Reason I Love Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable 

    • If I am willing to put myself through something uncomfortable, I can handle challenges better. 
    • Too many people are not used to stressful situations. 
    • When life’s inevitable curveballs show up, people will go to places that ultimately wreck their lives.
    • I’ve had my fair share of curveballs; however, I can handle the stress by giving myself voluntary stress. 

Yes, The 4x4x48 Challenge Is Absolutely Brutal 

    • I can’t speak for seasoned marathoners and ultramarathoners; however, it was extremely hard for me. 
    • David Goggins wanted it to be hard, and he wanted you to battle your mind.
    • When your mind says it’s time to quit, that’s when you should keep going. 
    • The most challenging part is, of course, mental. 

How Exactly I Made A Plan To Complete The Challenge 

    • I decided to cook all my food ahead of time, so I wouldn’t have to guess what I would eat. I prepared lots of white rice, chicken, and lean fish. 
    • Throughout the challenge, some supplements I took were vitamin C, elderberry, and electrolyte tablets. 
    • Plus, I ate apples, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. 
    • Lastly, you have to plan to get very little sleep and be very sore. 

Leaders Will Stand By Their Word Even When No One Is Watching

    • Leaders always do what they say they’re going to do, even when no one is watching.
    • It is easy to be on our best behavior and look like a star when everybody’s watching.
    • You won’t be able to complete a mental challenge if you’re doing it for everyone else.
    • The only way you’ll be able to complete something like the 4x4x48 challenge is by doing it for yourself.

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

05:57 - “We can only control the controllable. We can’t control where tomorrow is going to be or next week is going to be; all we can do is control the controllable.”

12:52 - “If I’m willing to get comfortable being uncomfortable, over and over again, and getting a reward for it, then when life throws its own curveballs at me, I can handle them better.” 

13:55 - “You should give yourself a challenge so that you can keep your mind in a place where you can handle some sort of stress. So, when life’s stressors come along, as they often do, you are actually better prepared. ”

15:35 - “If you keep giving yourself permission to be in pain or giving yourself permission to quit, then you ultimately will.” 

25:47 - “Leaders always do what they say they’re going to do, even when no one’s watching.”


About Darrell Evans

Darrell Evans is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Co-founder of Yokel Local Internet Marketing (Digital Marketing Agency). There, he and his team have helped businesses generate over $300M in revenue online. He’s personally started and/or operated 6 businesses since the age of 20.

In 2019, he launched The MindShift Podcast, is the CEO of MindShift Business Academy (launching soon), and has been teaching his marketing, sales, and business strategies since 2003.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and shares best practices and strategies on podcasts weekly. He loves to help business owners accelerate growth using his proven frameworks that have helped him and hundreds of other businesses scale 7 and 8-figure businesses while building a business that serves them.


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Darrell Evans

Darrell Evans is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Co-founder/CEO of Yokel Local Digital Marketing Agency. He and his teams have helped businesses generate over $300M+ in revenue online. Every month, he leads virtual workshops teaching actionable strategies and tips from his experience helping companies market, grow, and scale.